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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Can You Treat Heartworms at Home?

A friend of mine's dog was dxd with heartworms and she thinks she can buy the meds online... I think she's nuts. Is it possible?

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That seems sketchy to me. Heartworms are so dangerous that I would never want to risk something like that. Maybe the meds are legit but the dog would still need to go to the vet for check-ups and testing.




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I would not do it, heart worms are treated with a type of arsenic

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Some vets and shelters treat heart worm with a slow kill method now that basically just entails giving the dog heartworm preventative. It kills off the baby worms in the bloodstream so the infection doesn't get any worse, but can't actually kill off the adult worms already in the heart. With this type of treatment, the adult worms do eventually die off on their own, but it takes, if I remember correctly, about 2 years.

Not every dog can be treated that way though. You'd have to get Xrays and see how badly the dog is infected first. The slow kill method is usually only used with dogs who have very very low level infections, and you should definitely still have the dog monitored by a vet!

If the meds online are legit, and cheaper, maybe your friend could ask their vet if they would be okay with her buying the meds online, but having the vet administer/monitor the dog still.


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Revisiting this topic - or rather, treating naturally and thought I'd share what I've found:

http://www.danebytes.com/heartworm-cures.htm

http://www.banditsbuddies.com/

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I would not do it, heart worms are treated with a type of arsenic
Before I got the control religion I had one dog get heartworm. The vet almost killed him with the old arsenic stuff. The difference in dose between killing the heartworms and the dog isn't that big.

I don't think they use the arsenic anymore, but am making sure my dogs won't need whatever.

Even the newer, safer stuff, I would want the full support of my vet it my dog did need treatment. Too many better places to cut.
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